Students are invited to play in The Jinkerson Golf Scramble this Friday to raise funds for the Darryl and Cindy Jinkerson Study Abroad Scholarship Endowment.
The Golf Scramble will honor the memory of Darryl Jinkerson, former associate professor of management, who died of a heart attack in October.
Amanda Carpenter, senior elementary education major from Abilene and youngest daughter of Jinkerson, said golf was Jinkerson‘s favorite sport.
“Since this is our one fundraiser, we thought why not do something that was his passion and that could bring in a lot of people, a lot of fun, and as well as a lot of funds for the scholarship,“ said Rachel Goodman (‘11), Jinkerson‘s daughter.
Goodman said Jinkerson often golfed at the Abilene Country Club, which is why the tournament will be played there on Friday.
Students are encouraged to come in teams of four, but can be paired with other students if they come alone.Â Ticket prices are $75 for students and $100 for non-students and include a shirt, two meals and the expenses of the game.Â The game starts at 8:30 a.m.
Another passion of Jinkerson‘s was studying abroad.Â Goodman said her father traveled to Oxford, Honduras, China and Australia.
Carpenter and Goodman said Jinkerson took care to get to know each one of the students traveling with him, often cooking homemade meals for the students and even ordering them late night pizzas.
“He did really love the students that were studying abroad with him,“ Goodman said.
All proceeds will benefit the Darryl and Cindy Jinkerson Study Abroad Scholarship Endowment, a scholarship that was started by Dr. Phil Vardiman, associate professor of management in the College of Business.
“I saw that as a way to honor his memory,“ Vardiman said.Â “He was an excellent teacher and he had a passion for students.“
Since Jinkerson left a legacy of helping students, Vardiman said the scholarship will aid students that study abroad with COBA.
“He had a gift with students, where he could work and relate with them well,“ Vardiman said.Â “I‘ve had many students tell me how much he inspired them.“
Goodman and Carpenter said they hope the Jinkerson Golf Scramble will become an annual event to raise funds for the scholarship.
“We want to make it possible for students to study abroad,“ Carpenter said.
T-Shirts from the Jinkerson Golf Scramble will be on sale in the Campus Center for $12 the week after the event for students who cannot attend the event but still want to help.
For more information on the Scramble or to register online, visit http://www.acu.edu/news/2013/130405-inaugural-jinkerson-scholarship-scramble-to-honor-dr-jinkerson.html.